Hampton Not Ready to Retire; Says May Play Two More Seasons

Casey Hampton has been a fixture on the Steelers D-line for a long time, but his time with the team could be coming to an end Sunday when the Steelers take on the Browns.

Hampton isn’t ready to hang it up, and says he could be playing another two years – elsewhere – in 2013.

Hines Ward never could envision himself wearing a uniform other than the one he wore 14 years with the Steelers but Casey Hampton doesn’t feel the same.

“I’m a little different than Hines,” said the Steelers’ burly nose tackle.

Following the 2011 season, the Steelers informed Ward that he would not be part of their future even though he was the franchise’s all-time leading receiver. But he never considered playing a 15th season with another team at the age of 36.

Hampton, however, believes he can play for two more years. He’d prefer to finish his career where it started but he also understands the business side of football.

If the Steelers don’t re-sign him, Hampton will sign with the highest bidder as an unrestricted free agent.

“I want to play, and if someone wants me to play for them, I’m going to play,” Hampton said. “That’s just the way it is.”

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  • larry

    casey you are a true warrior, anytime someone can play nose tackle like you and takes that type of beating deserves all the praise and accolades but not another two years in pittsburgh. if given the chance and i say if, steve mclendon will do an excellent job. i truly believe that coaches have a hard time telling a player it’s time to move on, i know the money is very very good and it should coincide with a players performance, splash plays if you will. it seems like a lot of players line up and you don’t here to much from them but the constant is that big paycheck keeps coming.management you have your way of doing things in the nfl and you do it well,thats why 6 big trophies are in the trophy case,but things do change, why is seattle and san francisco known as the new physcial teams in the nfl, a big reason is that surge of young talent given a chance to play.pgh steelers please give your younger players mixed with the veterans who still make plays a chance to prove themselves, and let the high priced veterans move on.

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